Kolumni: Stay true to yourself

Firstly, I would like to take this opportunity to apologise to the Epari newspaper for missing my last article. I take great pride in trying to make sure that if I commit to something, I see it through.

I put myself into a situation that really did consume me. By this I mean that the work load I had was just too much for one person. It was challenging and if I am really honest, I should have had a bigger support network to take on what was a massive challenge.

So, my apologies and also my thanks to Epari for their kind understanding.

This leads me to what I would like to talk about this time. I have had a really successful year this year and this is not only because everything has gone right. In fact, I have had many failures and difficulties along the way.

What I have learnt the most this year is to stay true to yourself and believe in yourself as a good person. Through every failure there is a chance to learn and become better.

Not all knock backs are negative and, in many cases, these knock backs give you a chance to reflect and bounce back even further.

The importance of getting good people around you is key. What I have found the stronger your close network – family, friends and colleagues – is, the easier it is to succeed.

There will be times that you need to cut out people from your life that are toxic and poisonous. These are sometimes people you have known for many years. But it is important that those who don’t make you happy and support you in the right way, will stay out of your life.

Myself and my family have had these tough decisions to make this year. Although it can be difficult and hurtful at times, in the end you are able to move forwards with happiness and a clear vision of where you want to be and how to get there.

The challenge of writing these articles when I have no education outside of football has been great. Along with other challenges I have faced, I know I am a better person because of this.

I would urge anyone to try challenging themselves outside their comfort zone and see where it takes them. I think you will be surprised with what you are capable of and what you can achieve when you just do it.

To finish, I would like to wish everyone Hyvää joulua ja upeaa uutta vuotta!

Brian Page

SJK Coach